ISLAMABAD: Tanzara Gallery will showcase the new paintings of internationally renowned painter and poet Raja Changez Sultan on Thursday.
There are only a few painters whose work is as instantly recognisable as that of Raja Changez Sultan, who is also the former director general of the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA), said the organiser of the exhibition.
Over the years, the artist’s work has retained its originality and his paintings stand out for their subject matter as well as the techniques employed.
This exhibition will features his latest series, the ‘Wood Nymphs’, based on spirit-like figures in a Himalayan landscape setting, in addition to his series of the Divided Self and the Himalayan Odyssey.
The Himalayan Odyssey is a symphony of towering snow-capped peaks, of morning mist and overshadowed dells. It is a path illuminated by the reflections of sunlight on the snow and filtering through the deep crevices between towering peaks of the Himalayas.
It embodies a passion of unfathomable intensity. The dazzling display of colours and light form an integral part in its overall compositional quality. All the landscape elements of spatial perspective and studies of the foreground and receding background are brought into a single forceful depiction.
‘The Divided Self’ is an introspective of different aspects of elements pulling a man forward and pushing him back, the positive and the negatives of a divided entity.
His portrayals of women are soft and supple, with voluptuous bodies and pale skin. But there is something eerie about their countenance, something which makes the viewer pause and contemplate on their sombreness and their solemnity. The palette is more subdued, the figures are subtler in their disposition and moods, and his pictures appear to take shape from within the canvas, sculpted onto the surface of the work.
Created by adding and subtracting thin layers of paint, there is an inherent unity in his work that springs from his own solitary disposition. The exhibition will continue until March 15.
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